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Seating Plan of the Reichstag (1874)
Here is a schematic diagram of the official Reichstag seating plan during the legislative session of 1874. At the time, the Reichstag met in its provisional home in the former Royal Porcelain Manufacturing Works at Leipziger Straße 4. Chancellor’s Bismarck’s seat can be seen in the first row (right), which was reserved for members of the Federal Council [Bundesrat]. That placed him near his comrade in arms, Helmuth von Moltke, who sat in the first row (seat 13) of the Conservative caucus – also, naturally, on the right side of the house. Other caucuses are denoted by various styles of crosshatching.